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FAQs



Covid-19 Response

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How is Mid-Metro Academy responding to the COVID-19 situation?

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As we did last year, Mid-Metro Academy will meet on site and in person for the 2021-2022 school year. We're committed to the face-to-face delivery model because it allows students to engage more fully with the teacher, other students, and the course content. Our site is fully mask-optional. We have good ventilation in our rooms and use an air purification system that removes bacteria, viruses, and fungi from the air. We follow the recommended cleaning and disinfecting protocols in our classrooms. 

Mid-Metro Academy COVID-19 Response Plan will be updated to meet State of Minnesota requirements when the state issues its guidance for the 2021-2022 school year. Individual instructors may have their own response plans as well, which they will communicate to their students' parents.

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What procedures will be used to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus?

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We take the health and safety of our community very seriously. We successfully navigated the COVID-19 epidemic last year with little disruption, and we look forward to a return to normal operations this year. Mid-Metro Academy's COVID-19 Response Plan will be updated to meet State of Minnesota requirements when the state issues its guidance for the 2021-2022 school year. Individual instructors may have their own response plans as well, which they will communicate to their students' parents.

As we did last year, Mid-Metro Academy will meet on site and in person for the 2021-2022 school year. We're committed to the face-to-face delivery model because it allows students to engage more fully with the teacher, other students, and the course content. We have good ventilation in our rooms and use an air purification system that removes bacteria, viruses, and fungi from the air. We follow the recommended cleaning and disinfecting protocols in our classrooms. Recognizing that our families can make informed health decisions for themselves and their children, we don't require anyone to wear a face mask, and we don't inquire about vaccination status.

General

Q:

Is Mid-Metro Academy up and running?

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Yes! We've successfully completed our first year. Our second year begins on September 8, 2021, and we'd love to have new families join us. Our teachers from last year have all returned, and we've brought on some new instructors. We're still meeting at St. Mark's School, 1983 Dayton Ave., St. Paul. Schedules for Monday (core classes), Tuesday (PSEO), and Wednesday (business, technology, and extra sections of Monday classes) are posted, and registration will be open until the second week of classes. The last day to register without a late fee is August 15, 2021. 

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Is Mid-Metro Academy the new YEAH Academy?

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No. YEAH Academy, a pioneer of homeschool tutoring organizations that led the way since 1988, closed its campus at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Many of the instructors who taught at YEAH for years have partnered with Mid-Metro Academy to continue the relationships they formed with former YEAH families and to keep the face-to-face academy option available for new families. Mid-Metro owes a debt of gratitude to Skip and Cher Baumhoefner and the YEAH board for providing the venue that has helped our teachers and families form such strong bonds of mutual support. The Baumhoefners were fully supportive of the launch of Mid-Metro Academy, allowing us to promote our start-up operation to the YEAH membership and student body. However, there is no official affiliation between YEAH or YEAH Academy and Mid-Metro Academy. 

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Where do classes meet?

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Classes meet at 1983 Dayton Ave., St. Paul, in the school building owned by the Church of St. Mark. It's a beautiful facility in a lovely, safe metropolitan neighborhood just northeast of the University of St. Thomas. 

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When do classes meet?

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Click HERE to see the times for each class. Monday and Wednesday classes meet in 90-minute blocks. Class periods begin at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. with a half-hour lunch period at noon. Semesters run for 14 or 15 weeks with few breaks. This allows us to begin after Labor Day and end before May.  

For the 2021-2022 school year:

Mondays: Classes begin Sept. 13, 2021, and end April 25, 2022. Fall semester runs for 15 consecutive weeks. Spring semester begins Jan. 10, 2022, and runs for 15 weeks with a one-week spring break (Feb. 28).

Tuesdays (PSEO): Our classes follow this schedule rather than the North Central University schedule. Classes begin Sept. 7, 2021, and end April 26, 2022. Fall semester runs for 15 consecutive weeks. Spring semester begins Jan. 11, 2022, and runs for 15 weeks with a one-week spring break (Mar. 1).

Wednesdays: Classes begin Sept. 8, 2021, and end April 27, 2022. Fall Semester is 14 weeks (Thanksgiving week off). Spring Semester begins Jan. 12, 2022, and runs for 15 weeks with a one-week spring break (Mar. 2). 

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What are the fees?

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Before registering for classes, each family must pay a membership fee of $60. Tuition is set by each instructor and varies by class, but typical rates are $220 - $250 per class per semester. The registration fee helps pay for academy expenses such as rent, website hosting, and accounting.

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Is Mid-Metro Academy a homeschool co-op?

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No. We're a nonprofit organization that provides academic, arts, career, and PSEO classes taught by qualified teachers to home-educated students in grades 7 - 12. Although we aren't a parent-run entity, we value and depend on parent support to help our organization function. As part of your family membership, we ask that one adult sign up for one volunteer slot (4 hours) per semester. Volunteer duties include monitoring study halls and lunchrooms and assisting in other ways that reduce staff costs. This allows us to keep our fees reasonable. Those who can't volunteer or don't want to can purchase a volunteer waiver for $25 per semester.

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What are the parent's responsibilities?

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Parents supervise and help their students with the homework Mid-Metro Academy instructors assign. Parents may communicate concerns or questions directly to the instructor to ensure their students' success in the class. Since students are homeschooled, parents assign the grades, although they can rely on feedback and assignment scores provided by class instructors. Mid-Metro Academy is a drop-off class situation, which means that parents don't remain on-site and don't attend classes with their students. Parents are responsible to make sure their students arrive for classes on time and are picked up promptly when the student's classes are finished. Students cannot be on-site if they aren't in class (except for the lunch period). With your initial family registration each year, you will sign up on the website for one slot per semester of volunteer work for the academy. This work will involve monitoring hallways or lunchroom or setting up or tearing down classrooms. Parents who are unable to donate their time in this way may purchase a waiver for $25 per semester. 

Mid-Metro Academy values parent input. Parents have a chance to become involved with Mid-Metro Academy's Parent-Teacher Association. We would love a parent leadership team to take on this project. If you are interested in volunteering in this way to help launch Mid-Metro Academy, please email Rebecca Hope at [email protected]

Classes

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What classes does Mid-Metro Academy offer?

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We offer academic, arts, business, technology, and PSEO classes for students in grades 7 - 12. We also offer a homeschool band program. Click on 2021-2022 Registrations on the menu bar for our current offerings. Click on the name of the class to see its description. In general, classes include: 

Monday: Core academic classes for students in grades 7 - 12, including English, math, science, social studies, arts (art, drama, culinary arts, choir), and languages (ASL, Spanish, French). Our band program meets on Mondays. 

Tuesday: PSEO classes for college-ready juniors and seniors who have been accepted by North Central University and have registered for PSEO Cohort. 

Wednesday: Additional sections of classes held on Mondays for students in grades 7 - 12 as well as ACT Prep classes.

Wednesday: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) classes with an emphasis on technology and business for students in grades 8 - 12 who want to jumpstart a career in programming, web development, graphic design, culinary arts, bookkeeping, etc. 

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Do you offer PSEO classes?

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Yes! We're pleased to be able to offer a one-of-a-kind Post-Secondary Enrollment Option designed to meet the unique needs of homeschooled high school juniors and seniors. Classes will be delivered traditionally, face-to-face, rather than in online or hybrid formats. Courses and student life opportunities make our program the best of both worlds: Retaining a close-knit and supportive high school experience while easing into the challenging and rewarding world of college. North Central University is our partner in this exciting new approach to PSEO. A limited number of students will be admitted into Mid-Metro Academy's PSEO program. To ensure that your student can claim his or her place in the program, you may register for PSEO Cohort simultaneously with his/her PSEO application to NCU. For more information, click on PSEO on the menu bar.

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Can I register my student for a class outside the recommended grade range?

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Instructors may allow a student to register who is older or younger than the specified grade range for the class. Such situations require instructor approval and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 

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Is a study hall option available?

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Yes. For a $50/period/semester, students can remain on site during a free period on Mondays or Wednesdays in our supervised study hall. Register for Study Hall just as you would register for a class.

Registering for Classes

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How do I register?

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Registration for fall semester 2020 begins after the April 28 Virtual Open House. The process is as follows:

1. Click Join on the Upper Menu Bar or on the Login Dropdown

2. Request membership in Mid-Metro Academy.

3. Complete the online registration form.

4. Pay $60.00 annual family membership fee.

5. Wait for an email from Mid-Metro Academy confirming your membership. This should take only 24 - 48 hours. 

6. Log in to this website with the username and password you chose.

7. Click on Classes > Class Registration. 

8. Click on the classes you want and follow the prompts.

9. Pay online for classes via PayPal.

10. You will receive confirmation of your classes and payment via email.



 

Instructors

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Who are the instructors?

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Our instructors are highly qualified teachers who are passionate about their fields and about working with youth. Many have taught at homeschool academies and/or co-ops for years. They have served hundreds of homeschooling families, not only providing quality education but becoming trusted mentors and role models for home-educated young people. Many hold advanced degrees and/or have decades of experience in their fields and in education. Our instructors include Sandy Adler (art), Carla Barwineck (dramatic arts), Cher Baumhoefneer (interior design), Miranda Brist (World Geography and Graphic Design), Lucas Brist (Graphic Design), Tina Culbertson (photography), Leigh Delisi (math), Rosa Edholm (Cultural Explorations and book club), Madeline Evergreen (Eat Well, Feel Great), Rebecca Hope (English), Kay Kelly (Science), Leslie Kleppe (SciGirls), Myndi Lawrence (Communications and Renaissance Art & Literature), Marit Lunstad (Communications), Sheila McAlpine (American Sign Language and Culinary Arts), Chris Paschen (business, technology, Man Choir, and band), Ana Grace Plotts (Spanish), Dave Racer (Civics and American Government), Diane Ryden (The Academy Chorale), and Ryan Thornton (French).

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How can I contact an instructor?

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Click on the instructor's name under his or her picture on our Instructors page. Contact information is shown above each instructor's bio and list of courses.